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Mario Balotelli was spotted out on Saturday afternoon

Mancini doesn't care about ill Balotelli's excursion before City's win over Reading

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UPDATED:

23:05 GMT, 22 December 2012

Ill Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was spotted out and about on Saturday afternoon but Roberto Mancini was not concerned.

The 22-year-old was not included in the squad for the 1-0 win over Reading having missed some training sessions this week through illness.

Mancini said: 'Mario is ill. I don't know where is now. For one week he was ill.

Out and about: Mario Balotelli was driving around during City's game

Out and about: Mario Balotelli was driving around during City's game

'He came to the training ground
yesterday because he wanted to train but he couldn't. I can't close him
in his house, it is impossible.'

The photo was taken 20 minutes before kick-off at his local petrol station in Alderley Edge.

City scraped a victory over Brian McDermott's Reading side thanks to a late winner from Gareth Barry.

Wayne Rooney turns into elf in Christmas video

All I want for Christmas is Roo! United star Wayne posts hilarious festive family video

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UPDATED:

13:45 GMT, 21 December 2012

It's the season of mirth, joy, glad tidings and eggnog.

It's also the season of sending out Christmas cards with a cringe-worthy family photo on the front or, if you're Wayne Rooney, turning yourself and your family into an elf in an animated video.

The Manchester United star cast his wife Colleen and three-year-old Kai in an ElfYourself clip posted on his Facebook page today.

Kicking it Rooney style: Wayne posted an ElfYourself clip starring his family on his Facebook page today

Kicking it Rooney style: Wayne posted an ElfYourself clip starring his family on his Facebook page today

'Tis the season! The video stars his wife Colleen and three-year-old son Kai

'Tis the season! The video stars his wife Colleen and three-year-old son Kai

Slide to the left... The animation was created on the ElfYourself website

Slide to the left… The animation was created on the ElfYourself website

The animation sees Rooney and clan dancing around in elf costumes to a gangsta version of The Nutcracker.

There will be a fourth elf next Christmas with Colleen, 26, pregnant with a baby boy.

She tweeted today: 'Absolutely loved seeing our baby on the scan yesterday!!! We decided to find out the sex…… It's a ….. BOY!! So exciting @WayneRooney.'

You can ElfYourself here.

VIDEO: Rooney and family as elves…

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Ricky Hatton is back in the gym

I must be mental! Hatton returns to gym two days into second retirement

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UPDATED:

17:53 GMT, 26 November 2012

Ricky Hatton was back in his gym today after his comeback was cut abruptly short by Vyacheslav Senchenko on Saturday night in Manchester.

The Hitman was knocked out in the penultimate round by the Ukrainian and announced his retirement an hour later.

But Hatton, 34, has vowed not to return to the vicious cycle of drink and depression which blighted him after his brutal defeat to Manny Pacquiao in 2009.

Battered and bruised: Ricky Hatton was beaten by Vyacheslav Senchenko

Battered and bruised: Ricky Hatton was beaten by Vyacheslav Senchenko

And he tweeted a photo of himself in his gym with the tagline: 'If I'm not sick of this place, ha ha. I must be mental.'

Hatton will now focus on his responsibilities as trainer and promoter as he guides the careers of the likes of Martin Murray and Scott Quigg.

'A fighter knows when it's not there, and it's not there,' he said on Saturday. 'I've had too many fights and burnt the candles at both ends.

End of the road: Hatton was knocked out (above) before retiring (below)

End of the road: Hatton was knocked out (above) before retiring (below)

Ricky Hatton

'I've lost four and half stone for this and my sparring was great but I'm not going to put myself through that torture again.

'I got the answers. I was crying in the ring and no doubt I'll be crying tonight but I'm happy. I had to go in there and find out and I did.

'I've no complaints. It's been three and a half years and you all know the story. I needed to put a few demons to rest and I said before the fight I felt I'd already won and that hasn't changed.'

Chris Froome still second in Tour of Spain

Froome remains in contention in Spain as Degenkolb sprints to stage five win

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UPDATED:

16:44 GMT, 22 August 2012

Team Sky's Chris Froome remains one second off the lead as Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez finished safely in the bunch on the fifth stage of the Vuelta a Espana.

John Degenkolb of Argos-Shimano clinched the stage win on a photo finish as he powered through the final kilometre of a 168km ride around Logrono.

Sprint: John Degenkolb crosses the finish line to win the fifth stage

Sprint: John Degenkolb crosses the finish line to win the fifth stage

Daniele Bennati (Radioshack-Nissan) and Gianna Meersman (Lotto Belisol Team) were left stunned as the German emerged from the bunch sprint to claim a second stage win in five days.

Froome clung onto second place in the overall standings after navigating seven relatively flat laps of the 40km circuit through La Rioja province.

In contention: Chris Froome lies just a second off the lead in the Tour of Spain

In contention: Chris Froome lies just a second off the lead in the Tour of Spain

Alberto Contador of Team Saxo Bank remains in the third place, five seconds shy of his countryman Rodriguez.

Thursday's stage covers the 175.4km between Tarazona and Jaca, over which riders must tackle two category three climbs in the mountains of Aragon.

Arsenal sign Nuri Sahin

Arsenal sign Sahin as Madrid midfielder agrees season-long loan deal

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UPDATED:

21:35 GMT, 21 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Arsenal have completed the signing of Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.

Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday how the deal for the Real Madrid midfielder had hit a snag.

The Spanish club wanted a 14million fee for a permanent deal at the end of the season but the two clubs have come to an agreement.

Arsenal bound: Nuri Sahin's move to The Emirates has been completed

Arsenal bound: Nuri Sahin's move to The Emirates has been completed

The Gunners were so confident of securing Sahin’s services that they planned a photo shoot on Monday ahead of his official unveiling. The club called a halt to the shoot after the last minute problem.

The Gunners are also expecting to offload Andrey Arshavin before the close of the transfer window after Zenit St Petersburg revived their interest in the Russia forward. Arsenal are desperate to shift Arshavin’s 70,000 a week off the wage bill.

Tour de France 2012: Andre Greipel pips Peter Sagan with Bradley Wiggins set to surpass Chris Boardman

Greipel pips Sagan with Wiggins set to surpass Boardman's hold on yellow jersey

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15:52 GMT, 14 July 2012

Andre Greipel claimed a third victory of the Tour de France with a stage 13 success to Le Cap d'Agde.

Yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins led Team Sky colleague Edvald Boasson Hagen into the finishing straight of the 217-kilometre route from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, but Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) burst from behind the Norwegian's wheel to triumph.

In retaining the overall race lead he won last Saturday, Wigginsis set to become the Briton with the most time in the maillot jaune, beating Chris Boardman's record of six days.

It was Greipel's third stage success after wins on stages four and five, equalling Peter Sagan's haul of triumphs. Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) was second, with Boasson Hagen third.

Photo finish: Andre Greipel (right) pips Peter Sagan to the stage win in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, as Bradley Wiggins maintained his overall lead in the race (below)

Photo finish: Andre Greipel (right) pips Peter Sagan to the stage win in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, as Bradley Wiggins maintained his overall lead in the race (below)

In charge: Wiggins

In charge: Wiggins

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The win, two weeks prior to the London 2012 Olympic road race, showed Greipel will be a major threat to world champion Mark Cavendish's bid for gold on the opening day of the Games on July 28.

With Team Sky's priority Wiggins' bid to win the Tour and with Chris Froome a place behind in second overall, Cavendish has had limited support in his sixth Tour and was cast adrift on the 1.6km Mont Saint-Clair, a brutal short, sharp category three ascent rising out of the coastal town of Sete.

Wiggins retained a lead of two minutes five seconds from Froome, with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) 2mins 23secs behind in third and Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) fourth, 3:19 adrift.

The Tour enters the Pyrenees on the 191km 14th stage from Limoux to Foix, which features two category one climbs, but is likely to favour a breakaway.

Leading the charge: Greipel (left) breaks for victory as Wiggins (right) kept hold of the yellow jersey and will break Chris Boardman's six-day record as holder

Leading the charge: Greipel (left and below) breaks for victory as Wiggins (right) kept hold of the yellow jersey and will break Chris Boardman's six-day record as holder

Photo finish: Andre Greipel (right) pips Peter Sagan to the stage win in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux
Brits in yellow

BRADLEY WIGGINS (2012, six days)
Took the maillot jaune on stage seven and enhanced his lead with victory on stage nine.
CHRIS BOARDMAN (1994, three days; 1997, one day; 1998, two days) Won the Tour prologue on three occasions to enjoy spells in yellow.
DAVID MILLAR (2000, three days)
Like Boardman, Millar took the yellow jersey on his Tour debut after a prologue success.
SEAN YATES (1994, one day)
A short-lived spell in yellow came towards the end of his career.
TOM SIMPSON (1962, one day)
The first Briton to wear the maillot jaune.

Five Frenchman were in the eight-man Bastille Day escape.

The best-placed overall was Maxime Bouet (Ag2r La Mondiale), who began the day in 54th place, more than an hour behind Wiggins.

Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) attacked alone 60km from home. The Dane was attempting to mark the fifth anniversary of his father's death with victory and increased his lead over his escape colleagues to 1:10 with 40km to go, with the peloton 3:15 behind.

BMC Racing took to the front as the winds threatened havoc and there was a split in the peloton, but none of the overall hopefuls were affected.

Another obstacle was Mont Saint-Clair.

Leading the way: Wiggins continued his assault on the title as he hopes to become the first Briton to win the race

Leading the way: Wiggins continued his assault on the title as he hopes to become the first Briton to win the race

Morkov reached the lower ramps with
less than a minute's lead over Wiggins' yellow jersey group and was
swamped by the peloton as Evans forged forward with Wiggins, Jurgen van
den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) and Nibali in pursuit.

Froome was behind the maillot jaune, while Cavendish was dropped early on.

I heard it through the grapevine: The peloton winds its way through the French countryside

I heard it through the grapevine: The peloton winds its way through the French countryside

Van den Broeck was first over the summit, 23km from the finish, to begin the steep and narrow descent.

The bunch reformed at the start of the run-in along the coast, with Team Sky's Michael Rogers and Froome at the front and a group of stragglers, including Cavendish, more than a minute behind.

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) attacked off the front and Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) followed.

Breakaway: Riders make an ascent

Breakaway: Riders make an ascent

With 8km to go, the peloton were 10 seconds behind the duo and the Cavendish group more than three minutes adrift and out of contention.

Lotto-Belisol, riding for Greipel, were leading the pursuit into the final 5km, with Sagan on the German's wheel.

There was a further split in the peloton inside the final 4km, with Wiggins and his Team Sky colleagues present in the front group, as Vinokourov and Albasini were caught with 2.6km to go.

Uneasy rider: The peloton pass a bucking horse

Uneasy rider: The peloton pass a bucking horse

The gap in the peloton was closed as counter attacks began, with Luis-Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) making a late acceleration.

Wiggins led the pursuit and overtook Sanchez in the finale in his attempt to set up Boasson Hagen.
But Greipel powered to another triumph as the top of the general classification remained unchanged.

Euro 2012: ITV"s Gabriel Clarke has starred at this tournament – Brian Barwick

ITV's Gabriel Clarke would be the first name on my teamsheet

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22:10 GMT, 20 June 2012

Anybody who doubts there is a future for international football has had to take a back seat in the past fortnight during Euro 2012 – great matches, photo-finish group stages and England riding high.

It is pure television gold dust. Huge audience figures on both channels, peak-time live drama at its best, a sort of Downton Abbey with a dodgy fifth official and a lively supporting cast. But more on Roy Keane later…

For me, ITV were the clear winners in the group stage but the BBC, having now found their way to an airport, are about to take control of the tournament.

Net gains: Almost 19 million people tuned in for England's win against Ukraine

Net gains: Almost 19 million people tuned in for England's win against Ukraine

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Seven matches left and the BBC have four of them exclusively live, including England's quarter-final against Italy and both semi-finals.

The BBC share the final itself with ITV but already know they will get the lion's (three lions!) share of that audience too.

The demand for commercial certainty means ITV's choices are pragmatic and always loaded to the front of tournaments. It's a case of cheques and bank balances. But they can be happy with their lot.

They've covered the tournament well and a peak audience of 18.6 million for England v Ukraine was phenomenal. But I bet that figure will be topped when England play Italy on Sunday evening on BBC1.

Italian job: England's game against Balotelli and Co will be screened on the Beeb

Italian job: England's game against Balotelli and Co will be screened on the Beeb

One of the bonuses of a European Championship for UK broadcasters is a guarantee of peaktime matches – the World Cup cannot always deliver the same – and broadcasters love big live event television in the heart of the schedule; nobody more so than the BBC.

England are providing a good news story and we are about to hit the moment when it engulfs the nation. And the BBC are in the prime position to benefit.

For the commentators, the last set of group stage matches always proves a tricky assignment – one eye on your match, one ear on instructions from the other match and its consequences for the final table.

Ratings war: England's clash with England will draw in a huge audience

Ratings war: England's clash with England will draw in a huge audience

When I was growing up I listened to Kenneth Wolstenholme and David Coleman. I then worked extensively with the BBC's John Motson and Barry Davies, different styles, both exceptional broadcasters.

The current BBC team are all technically proficient, I especially enjoyed Guy Mowbray's description of England's win over Sweden but, for me, they still lack the extra chutzpah, gravitas and familiarity that only time and opportunity will give them.

Top dog: Clarke is a natural

Top dog: Clarke is a natural

On ITV Clive Tyldesley is the top dog and, when not being overly self-indulgent, calls the games with an assured touch. Peter Drury is bowing out of ITV – a fine commentator, he'll find a new home, for sure, with that rich turn of phrase.

The England camp reporting role is one of the tournament broadcasters' prime jobs and, at this one, it is Gabby v Gabby ( Logan v Clarke).

Gabby Logan has taken her time settling in at the BBC but she is doing a very good job at Euro 2012, while the unsung Gabriel Clarke would be one of the first names on anybody's teamsheet. A great reporter and film-maker, perhaps he's a natural.

After all, his celebrated father, Alan, directed Ray Winstone in Scum and, in ITV Euro 2012 commercial break terms, Winstone is the Daddy.

Finally a few closing thoughts – love the super slo-mo's … hate the intrusive tournament logo that flies in on the action replays … enjoyed Bernie Clifton playing his trombone on Sky Sports News … thought Adrian Chiles overdid the worried England fan bit … liked Alan Pardew's quiet assurance on the BBC and have found Roy Keane's austere view on football life to be absolutely compelling.

Chambers running out of time after missing out on Olympic qualifying time in France

Chambers running out of lives after missing out on Olympic qualifying time in France

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UPDATED:

22:55 GMT, 5 June 2012

Dwain Chambers was once again unsuccessful this evening in his bid to post the Olympic A qualifying standard over 100 metres at a rain-sodden meeting in Montreuil-sous-Bois on the outskirts of Paris.

Outside the time: Chambers

Outside the time: Chambers

The 34-year-old former drugs cheat was beaten in a photo finish by Jamaican Ainsley Waugh, the Briton's time of 10.48 seconds – albeit into a headwind of -1.6mps and on a wet track – well outside the mark of 10.18secs required for selection for London 2012.

Waugh dipped on the line to clinch victory by one hundredth of a second, leaving Chambers' hopes of representing Great Britain at this summer's Olympics in doubt as only those who finish in the top two at this month's trials and have achieved the qualifying time will secure places.

There was better news for Britain, though, with Scot Eilidh Child triumphant in the women's 400 metres hurdles (55.25secs) and Jack Green clocking a season's best 49.22secs to win the men's 400 metres hurdles.

EURO 2012: Mario Balotelli scrubs up for Italy team photo

Suits you, Mario! Italy striker Balotelli drops tracksuit to scrub up for team photo

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08:22 GMT, 31 May 2012

We've got used to seeing Mario Balotelli adorned in some outrageous garments over the last couple of years, but he showed us this week that he can scrub up pretty well when he wants to.

Balotelli and the rest of the Italian squad were suited and booted on Wednesday before posing for their official Euro 2012 team photo in Coverciano, Tuscany, ahead of their departure for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

Suits you: Balotelli heads out for the team photo in Coverciano

Suits you: Balotelli heads out for the team photo in Coverciano

Suits you: Balotelli heads out for Italy's official team photo in Coverciano, Tuscany

Suits you: Balotelli heads out for the team photo in Coverciano

Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli dropped the Manchester City striker from his squad earlier in the year, citing his volatile temperament, but the pair have reconciled their differences and Balotelli was named in the 23 this week – and will wear the No 9 shirt.

Outrageous: Balotelli has worn some bizarre outfits in the past

Outrageous: Balotelli has worn some bizarre outfits in the past

Outrageous: Balotelli has worn some bizarre outfits in the past

Outrageous Balotelli

Outrageous Balotelli

Balotelli made the headlines earlier
this week as he warned he would 'kill' any fan who racially abused him
at the tournament. The 21-year-old said: 'I
will not accept racism at all. It's unacceptable. If someone throws a
banana at me in the street, I will go to jail, because I will kill
them.'

Ready to shine: Balotelli has been given the No 9 shirt for Euro 2012

Ready to shine: Balotelli has been given the No 9 shirt for Euro 2012

Ready to shine: Balotelli has been given the No 9 shirt for Euro 2012

Italy are drawn in Group C at the Championships, where they face world champions Spain on June 10, Croatia on June 14 and the Republic of Ireland on June 18.

Prandelli is adamant that Balotelli has
cleaned up his act and that he is ready to lead the line for his
country. He has certainly cleaned up his dress.

Sir Chris Hoy wins keirin gold at Track Cycling World Championships

Joy for Hoy as Briton beats rival Kenny to win keirin gold Down Under

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UPDATED:

11:02 GMT, 8 April 2012

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy won a sensational men's keirin gold medal on the final day of the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne.

Hoy – the 2007, 2008 and 2010 world champion and Olympic champion in Beijing in the event which begins behind a motorised Derny bike – was a comfortable winner of his heat and second-round contest to advance to the final.

Knight rider: Sir Chris Hoy celebrates his keirin gold success in Melbourne

Knight rider: Sir Chris Hoy celebrates his keirin gold success in Melbourne

The 36-year-old Scot appeared to be boxed in on the final bend, but accelerated as a gap opened up between Germany's Maximilian Levy and Simon van Velthooven of New Zealand before lunging for the line.

Hoy punched the air with delight, but an 11th World Championships gold medal of his distinguished career was confirmed only after a photo finish.
Levy was second, with Van Velthooven third and Britain's Jason Kenny squeezed out of the medals in fourth.

It was Britain's sixth gold of the five-day event at the Hisense Arena – five coming in the 10 events on August's Olympic track programme in an ominous warning to their Games rivals.